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let (one) stew

To allow someone to feel fearful, anxious, guilty, etc., without offering them comfort or closure on the matter. After the kids broke the window, I let them stew in their bedroom for a while before laying into them about it. I can tell that the boss is upset with how my report turned out, but I think he's just letting me stew about it before he brings it up.
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At this point, you can let stew cool, then cover and chill up to 1 day.
If making ahead, let stew cool, cover, and chill up to 1 day, then reheat.
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